Deny Yourselves

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One of the biggest lies facing our world today is that when we accept Christ into our lives, we think we do not have to change.

Oh to be like Jesus!

That should be our aim. But many times pride gets in the way. Specifically what comes to my mind is the arrogance that creeps into our hearts when we believe we have the right to prove that someone is in the wrong. We quickly forget in that moment how to love and let go like Jesus.
I’m guilty, so guilty of this.

If forgiveness was easy everyone would be doing it, right?

For me, letting go of things is difficult. Are you with me here? I struggle to give things to God and let go of whatever wrong that was done to me, as if holding onto that lump of grievances will get me anywhere. But I have learned that an unwillingness to forgive stunts growth. We can never be like Jesus with bitterness lurking inside our hearts. We need to deny ourselves the right to be angry and forgive our debtors just as Christ has forgiven our debts. There are so many different areas of our lives that we must deny in order to become more like Jesus.

Deny yourselves the fleeting happiness that brings no lasting joy.
Deny yourselves revenge for justice is the Lord’s.
Deny yourselves praise for it was God who began a good work in you.
Deny yourselves the comforts of life so you can bring comfort to others.

Let God be greater!
Let God increase, and let us decrease.
It must be our prayer when we rise each morning to deny ourselves and follow Jesus.

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?  Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” – Luke 9:23-26

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